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It’s Time Again for Harley-Davidson’s Yearly Clutch Recall

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Call it a hat trick, because today marks three years in a row (2014 & 2015 here) where Harley-Davidson has had to recall a large swath of its model lineup for issues with their clutch actuation.

For 2016, 14 Harley-Davidson models are facing a recall because their clutches may not disengage when the clutch lever is pulled by the rider.

The recall affects 27,232 units in total – more specifically the 2016 Electric Glide Ultra Classic (FLHTCU), Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low (FLHTCUL), Ultra Limited Low (FLHTKL), Ultra Limited (FLHTK), CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE), Street Glide (FLHX), Street Glide Special (FLHXS), Road Glide Special (FLTRXS), Road Glide (FLTRX), Police Electra Glide (FLHTP), Road Glide Ultra (FLTRU), Fat Boy S (FLSTFBS), Softail Slim S (FLSS), and CVO Softail Pro Street Breakout (FXSE) motorcycles.

According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the clutch master cylinder on the affected motorcycles may lose the ability to generate enough lift to disengage the clutch, especially if the motorcycle has been parked for an extended period of time.

Since the inability to disengage the clutch may lead to the motorcycle crashing, this recall has been issued with the NHTSA. It should be noted that this recall seems to have the same symptoms as Harley-Davidson’s 2015 clutch recall.

Still, Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and Harley-Davidson dealers will inspect the clutch master cylinder for the presence of gas in the fluid, if so, the dealer will flush the clutch system and rebuild the clutch master cylinder, free of charge. This recall started on July 25th, 2016.


Concerned owners may contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464. Harley-Davidson’s number for this recall is #0169. As always, the NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov.

Source: NHTSA

Jensen Beeler

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